Sailboats Are White

Turbo!

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After an initial run on the tiny Canadian indie Let's Just Have Some Fun, Alan McGee's Poptones label picked up the debut by Hamilton, Ontario's Sailboats Are White just in time to miss the boat on the whole synth pop/new wave revival thing. This probably doesn't matter in the long run because although the album's press release tries to connect the band to the wider neo-wave scene, the noisy assaults of Sailboats Are White have more in common with the noisy blurts of early Big Black than A Flock of Seagulls. The combination of a skittering drum machine that sounds perpetually on the verge of malfunction, Chris McInerny's weedy vintage synth lines, and leader Kevyn Wright's distorted, occasionally detuned guitar under Kevin Douglas' shrieky yelp of a voice makes for an often unsettling listen. The band does occasionally settle into something more closely approximating the milder end of '80s post-punk, as on the propulsive and deceptively catchy "Led Eye." But the majority of Turbo! is tinny, needling noise-punk primarily of interest to those whose interest in music is directly proportional to how irritating others find it.

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